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Modelling and Optimising TinyTP over IrDA Stacks

EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking20052005:143678

  • Received: 29 March 2004
  • Published:


TinyTP is the IrDA transport layer protocol for indoor infrared communications. For the first time, this paper presents a mathematical model for TinyTP over the IrDA protocol stacks taking into account the presence of bit errors. Based on this model, we carry out a comprehensive optimisation study to improve system performance at the transport layer. Four major parameters are optimised for maximum throughput including TinyTP receiver window, IrLAP window and frame size, as well as IrLAP turnaround time. Equations are derived for the optimum IrLAP window and frame sizes. Numerical results show that the system throughput is significantly improved by implementing the optimised parameters. The major contribution of this work is the modelling of TinyTP including the low-layer protocols and optimisation of the overall throughput by appropriate parameter selection.


  • IrDA
  • TinyTP
  • IrLAP
  • transport layer protocol
  • optimisation

Authors’ Affiliations

Microelectronics and Multimedia Communications Research Centre, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, UK


© Boucouvalas and Huang 2005

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